I was recently exposed to a quote I hadn’t previously heard that really resonated with me. It goes like this,
“You’ll be the same person in five years that you are today, except for the people you’ll meet and the books you’ll read.”
It was given by a gentleman named Charlie “Tremendous” Jones. He is considered by many a pioneer in the studies of personal development. They called him “Tremendous” as when anyone asked him how his day was, he always replied, “Tremendous!” I love that attitude!
When considering the future I want in five years I thought to amend this for me. “I’ll be the same person in five years that I am today, except for the foods I eat and the moves I make.” Obviously, I am looking at this from the eyes of physical health, rather than personal and business growth. For me, “the moves” refers to the exercise and physical fitness I am working on, but I think it works for other things as well. I was tempted to keep the same quote as Charlie’s and just amend the last statement to “the blogs you’ll read”, but I thought that would be too self-serving 😉
I think it really does speak to the idea that in order to achieve the future self you want to see in the mirror one day, you’ll need to be intentional in identifying the factors that will shape you. There is incredible power in having a vision of where you want to go and what you want to be.
A little over a year ago, I was in a small business book club where we read, Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz, MD. It was written way back in 1960, but is still used by motivational gurus, sports psychologists, and self-help practitioners more than fifty years later. The author was not a psychologist (like most in the space), but a plastic surgeon who observed how many of his patients dramatically changed after being given his services, not because of the change to their outward appearance, but because of the change to their own self-image. Their belief that they could be a completely different person led to numerous achievements they never even dreamed possible.
I believe that the foods I eat and the moves I make along with the people I meet and the books/blogs I read will have a profound impact on the person I’ll see in the mirror five years from now. How about you?
If you’d like to meet in person, I’m planning on attending the LCHF Lunch Meetup this coming Saturday from 1 – 3pm in San Antonio. It’s the first meetup I’ve found here focused on a lifestyle that leads to overcoming diabetes. I hope to see you there!
HT Steve Cunningham, Founder – Readitfor.me
For those truly interested in Personal Development, Readitfor.me is closing registration for their Personal Development Masterclass at the end of the day. Check it out if you’re so inclined. (P.S. There is no consideration given for these links, just wanting to let you know about some available resources for your personal and business lives.)
Please share, like and comment below. I’d love to hear what factors you believe will form the person in the mirror five years from now. Have a good one!
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